Trim Carpentry (cont., pg. 3)


What Your Trim Carpenter Will Do

 hand-built coat and shoe nook

 

A trim carpenter hand-built the handy coat and shoe nook shown above.  Most trim carpenters can build mantels, bookcases, or any specialty item you can think of.

Your trim carpenter will have a second phase to his work.  After finishing the main part of his work ─ installing baseboard and molding, hanging interior doors, installing door and window trim, crown mold, and any extras you want ─ he’ll return at a later date after cabinets and finished flooring are installed.

At this time, he will install “shoe mold” (also known as quarter-round).  These are the small trim pieces which must be added along the edge of the walls, where wood or tile meet baseboard.

Trim carpenters use special nails and staples.  Most provide their own, figuring them into the cost of the overall contract.


Things You Need To Do

● Hire an experienced, licensed, insured trim carpentry subcontractor with good references ─ whom you actually called.  Make the hire well in advance of when you’ll need him.

● Before trim work begins, meet on site with your building supply sales rep to review your choice of trim materials ─ such as types and size of molding and door styles.

The sales rep will then make a material list and prepare the items for delivery.

● Meet on site with the trim carpenter to review the upcoming job.  He needs to know what you want and where you want it.

What type of finished flooring will each room have?  That answer affects how high he sets his baseboard.  He’ll have other questions that you may not anticipate, but you can easily work them out between the two of you.

 


 

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